Thorne Dreyer’s guests are author and Mexico historian Philip Russell, and educator/activist Johnny Hazard, who joins us by telephone from Mexico City. They discuss the state of Mexico under Peña Nieto and recent horrific events involving official killings and repression.
Philip Russell is an author and historian who lives in Austin. His sixth book, a textbook published by Routledge, is "The History of Mexico: From Pre-Conquest to Present." It traces the last 500 years of Mexican history, from the indigenous empires that were devastated by the Spanish conquest to the election of 2006. Philip's writings on Mexico have appeared in sources ranging from the Austin Chronicle to The New York Times and he writes about Mexico and Latin America for The Rag Blog. He has twice before been our guest on Rag Radio.
Rag Blog Mexico City correspondent Johnny Hazard has lived in Mexico City since 2000 and has been an English professor at the Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México since 2002. Johnny, who was an English and Spanish teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools from 1992 to 2000, has written for The Rag Blog about the current round of government repression, which has included random and arbitrary detentions, police kidnappings, beatings, and torture, and the militant protests against this repression.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Still Photographer: Roger Baker; Videographer: Alan Pogue. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: email@example.com. Running time: 56:48.